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Potential funding opportunity to work with Brook, the sexual health charity, supporting young women experiencing “period poverty”

Brook has been at the forefront of providing wellbeing and sexual health support to young people for over 50 years. Their centres in local communities, education programmes, training and lobbying work means that young people are better equipped to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. Brook is leading a consortium bid to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s “Tampon Tax” Fund with the Foyer Federation, Plan UK and Centrepoint to address what is being described by Government as “period poverty” amongst young women and girls. The Foyer Federation is one of the partners in the bid and we are currently seeking Foyer members which would deliver a programme to engage and support young women by providing them with free sanitary products combined with a education programme.

The programme will run between September 2018 and January 2020 and will be targeting young women experiencing homelessness; those currently living in supported housing and those on free school meals. 

There are two delivery models: Brook-led schemes, (with partners providing additional staff resource to help Brook engage and support young women), and partner-led schemes, (solely coordinated and delivered by a Foyer or Centrepoint partner).

 Are you interested?

  • Brook-led Schemes

We are seeking Foyer partners in each of the following areas:

  • Blackburn with Darwen, to also cover Blackpool, Pendle and Burnley
  • Liverpool, to also cover Knowsley & Halton
  • Sandwell to also cover Wolverhampton
  • Manchester to also cover Rochdale and Salford
  • Cornwall

If successful in the bid to DCMS, Brook will provide each Foyer service with funding to cover the cost of one full-time member of staff (project worker/support worker) for approximately 18 months.  Staff will be required to work closely with the Brook programme coordinator for the region to engage and support those young women who will access the scheme. 

Each project worker will be required to engage and support 250 young women throughout the delivery of the programme (between September 2018 to January 2020) and would need to do the following:

  • Undertake outreach to engage 250 young women from the local area who need the service most
  • Work with local partners and other youth organisations to refer young women to the project (Foyers, homelessness projects, supported housing schemes, schools, youth organisations etc)
  • Provide education sessions and resources to all and to young women who participate on the scheme (it will be a requirement for all young women to have attended an education session before they can access free sanitary products)
  • Set up and facilitate distribution points in the local area for young women to access their free sanitary products; we will expect project workers to set up drop in sessions at various venues in the local area where young women can get their free sanitary products; we anticipate providing 2 months’ worth of products to each young woman at a time, therefore there is an expectation that project workers will be meeting with 125 young women every month.
  • Have regular ‘check-ins’ with young women and signpost to other services if necessary
  • Collect a range of monitoring and evaluation data, as required
  • Regularly attend meetings with the project coordinator and national partnership meetings as and when required.

Brook will provide training and resources for all project staff around the education sessions and resources and data collection and Brook will provide all sanitary products and related resources required to run the scheme.

  • Foyer-led Schemes

We are also seeking Foyer services to set up, coordinate and deliver the project in up to 5 additional areas to those listed above.  Foyers will be expected to replicate Brook’s model of delivery; in addition to the above the Foyer will be required to coordinate all delivery, partnership development and monitoring and evaluation requirements to set up a scheme in their region. 

For this model, funding would be provided for a part time (2.5 days per week) project coordinator as well as 2 x full time members of staff.  The project coordinator will be expected to liaise regularly with the Brook Project Manager and attend regular national partnership meetings.

As above Brook will provide training and support to the coordinator, we will train project staff and provide all related project resources, including sanitary products etc.                                      

We are looking to set up 3 to 5 Foyer-led schemes in total and are seeking partners in the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Nottingham
  • East Anglia (up to Lincolnshire)
  • Sussex/Hastings
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Wales

If you’re interested please contact Jenny Heys at the Foyer Federation asap, by Weds 17 January at the latest.

E: jenny@foyer.net / M: 07977224143 / T: 02074302212

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